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The Pre-school Learning Alliance has had to re-submit a freedom OF information request after Ofsted said that it would be too costly to provide the information on earl years inspections for the time period requested.

The latest Ofsted statistics show that more nurseries and childminders were judged as satisfactory and inadequate in recent inspections compared to the same period last year.

Consistency, transparency, fairness - the same words kept cropping up during the Ofsted Big Conversation meetings held this weekend.

Seventy per cent of children centres managed as clusters, or as 'hub and spoke' models, were rated as 'requires improvement' under the new inspection framework.

Two more venues have been added for the early years sector's Ofsted Big Conversation weekend.

Failings in a nursery's management and by Ofsted and a local authority meant that concerns about a nursery assistant who raped a toddler were missed.

The early years sector has united amid growing concerns about the number of childcare settings being downgraded by Ofsted.

The Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA) has filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request with Ofsted asking for data on the number of early years settings downgraded in recent inspections.

The early years sector is to come together on the weekend of the 13 and 14 September to discuss how to effectively engage with Ofsted following mounting concern over inspections.

As the early years sector's anger about Ofsted inspections threatens to dominate the summer, the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has met with Ofsted to discuss deep concerns.